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Thursday 21 November 2019

Paidi's children fill his boots by hosting football event

Grainnne Cunningham

IT was the kind of night Paidi O Se would have relished.

Pints flowed, oiling the anecdotes and the memories as the greats of sports, politics and business gathered.

But sadly, it is the late football legend's three children who will play host to this year's Comortas Peile, an international football tournament which is part of Paidi's legacy to his beloved Kerry.

Just two months after their dad died suddenly, Neasa, Siun and Padraig will step into his hard-to-fill shoes to host the invitational ladies and men's GAA football tournament, dreamed up by their father 24 years ago.

Taoiseach Enda Kenny launched the international Gaelic Games gathering in the Burlington Hotel last night. Referring to his old pal as Ri na Riochta (King of the Kingdom), Mr Kenny said he had "left a void that can't and won't be filled".

The event will see 48 senior, intermediate and junior GAA clubs from 13 counties gather in Kerry with 15 teams from England, Wales, Scotland, Germany, Spain and Belgium to enjoy craic, ceoil and scenery, but most of all the football, which was Paidi's passion.

Broadcaster Michael O Muircheartaigh, Fianna Fail leader Micheal Martin, Sports Minister Jimmy Deenihan, and former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern, who was on crutches, also attended the event.

The Comortas Peile takes place from February 22-24.

Irish Independent

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